The London & York Royal Mail Coach - 186 - Woven in the York Exhibition 1879 <BR> - from Godden Collection

It was the beginning of a revolution in travel.

The date was April 26, 1658. The event - the opening of the first stagecoach route between London and York, a journey which took four days to complete.

Twenty years later the age of coach travel was developing rapidly.

By 1678 a coach service was operated between York and Hull during the summer. But it was hardly a comfortable way to travel.

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